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Whalan City Council talks town improvements and house demolition

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the regular monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council that took place on Monday, July 14, a number of items were discussed and actions were approved. Present at the meeting were Mayor Larry Johnson, Everett Johnson, Jim Gustavson, David Rahn, Margaret Chiglo, Lanny Landsverk and Lolly Melander (town administrator).

Minutes from the June, 2014, meeting were approved, as was a motion to approve and pay the monthly bills. The council also discussed the following items of old and new business:

•Lanny Landsverk informed the council that the Norland house in Whalan will be torn down. The demolition will take place during the week of July 24.

•The council learned that the City gas pump is once again not working. This pump was repaired once before a couple of years ago. A motion was made by David Rahn, and seconded by Jim Gustavson, to authorize Everett Johnson to go to Fleet Farm with Lanny Landsverk to purchase a new pump unit. That motion carried.

•Mayor Johnson reported on a recent area meeting in which financial standing of the Lanesboro Fire Department was reviewed. Pull tab funds have been used for a number of years to sustain expenses of the rural fire department. A decision has been made to increase the annual fees paid by participating towns of the rural fire department over the next three years. The council directed Lolly Melander to budget $1,000 towards this rural fire department fee next year.

•The repairs and maintenance of Whalan’s LP tank are underway. The tank top was fixed, the council learned, but it has not yet been painted. It was agreed that Lolly Melander will contact K & H co-op to find out when the tank painting will be finished.

•The council discussed the need for additional gravel for the Whalan ball field. The main question is whether or not more gravel needs to be ordered this year. Mayor Johnson told the council that the last loads of gravel were placed on the ball field, on Halverson Alley, and on Tuftin Alley. It was decided that the council will wait on ordering more gravel for this year.

•The council affirmed that the current annual fee for a city license for B & Bs and other lodging establishments is $35. Mayor Johnson also informed the council that the State of Minnesota requires all B & Bs and lodging establishments to supply their local city with a copy of their state licenses. This matter directly affects four businesses in Whalan: Cedar Valley, Cycle Inn, Linger Longer, and Bluff View. The state licenses of these businesses must be on file with the Whalan City Office. If those licenses are not on file, the City of Whalan could potentially be held liable for any injuries occurring within city limits in conjunction with the operation of these businesses. The businesses need to contact Lolly Melander with the needed paperwork and fees for the year.

The next regular meeting of the Whalan City Council is scheduled for Monday, August 11, 2014, at 5 p.m. in the Whalan Town Hall.

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